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Rauno Nieminen

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3 stringed Bowed Lyres/Jouhikko

Three string open armed Jouhikko/Bowed Lyre
These are made to order now through my etsy shop  waiting time between 3-5 months depending on the time of year/workload, usually made of Spruce and Pine and either antique finished in light or dark oak.  These come with a handmade painted Pine and plywood case, lined in padded Chenille fabric and a Beech or ash bow,  Black horsehair as standard with White hair, Synthetic, and Violin strings available as a special order.     prices from £650, click on pictures below for further information 
  bowed lyre and casecloseup view of bowed lyre
etsy shop:
Instruments in natural hardwoods available as custom orders like this Cedar and Apple Jouhikko below,    

new bowed lyre

new bowed lyre

Tuning on Soundcloud D# G# C# but more commonly tuned : (left to right) 
  f Bb d# with the central string the lowest pitch.
this is the same pitch as Pekko Käppi on his youtube tutor video here:
The standard tuning is half a step lower which you can also use
Horsehair strung Bowed lyres will come with Bow, rosin and hard case  £650 for the cherrywood and spruce model, maple fittings, natural or antique finishes (Figured maple version £800 ) Choice of 2 soundhole types(see below) More videos to follow!  
Hollowed out and carved  Alder, birch, maple.sycamore models available from £1100 including a case and bow

Plans available  Why not make your own!   see Lyre cd, This is my current design in pdf format plans with information and more.
Or Purchase the Lyre making CD-rom and get the plans included!!

bowed lyre


new bowed lyre

Jouhikko for lisa 2011

new lyre

2 bowed lyres


Pictures and more information to follow including Youtube videos.

bowed lyre

I am now also offering carved Jouhikkos with partial hand holes as an option.  please enquire for details